| Jul 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Since smallpox was eradicated from the human population in 1980, the only labs permitted and known to currently have stocks of the virus are the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., and VECTOR, a Soviet-era bioweapon lab that now carries out...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month.
Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:34 AM
His eccentricity, boundary-pushing bravado and brilliant knack for flamboyance could have all made it so on their own, but it was perhaps Robin Williams' way of taking up queer characters with just the right balance of warmth and pitch-perfect irreverence...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:27 PM
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 10:34 AM
As kids spend time in the water, officials warn parents to keep a close watch to ensure children don't drown. But there is another condition parents should know about: secondary drowning. It afflicts children who survive a near-drowning incident. And...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 8:20 AM
Are you aware that under Medicare you are entitled to an annual wellness visit to your primary care physician once every 12 months? Even though Medicare does not cover a routine physical exam, it does pay for the annual wellness visit, which comes under...
| Aug 4, 2014
Excessive drinking among college students is a public health problem that is larger than just the colleges and universities. It is a problem for our entire state. The more than 270,000 students attending college in Maryland comprise a large and critical...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Farmers Market Week begins Aug. 3, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent public health organization wants consumers to remember a few things about food safety.
Uncooked produce is twice as likely to make you sick than...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 3:37 PM
Anyone who wants a job next year at Anne Arundel Medical Center — whether as a surgeon or security guard — will have to prove they don't smoke or use tobacco.
The Annapolis hospital's new hiring policy might be controversial, but it is...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 9:45 AM
Your recent editorial, "The Harris boycott" (July 7) put far too much emphasis on the politics and not enough on what really matters. The Washington, D.C., City Council has just passed the most lenient marijuana decriminalization law in the nation, with a...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 11:09 AM
In Howard County, it's perfectly legal to consume the biggest, most gargantuan family-size bag of barbecue-flavored potato chips at one sitting and wash it down with a case of the most sugary soda ever made. Or, if that's not your taste, perhaps something...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 11:45 AM
Excessive drinking accounts for 10 percent of deaths among working-age adults, making it the leading cause of preventable death of Americans, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The alcohol use killed...